The purpose of this holy life

Bagan, Myanmar from a boat.

Bagan, Myanmar from a boat.

What is the purpose of this holy life?
What is its essence?
What is its final end?

Iti kho bhikkhave nayidaṃ brahmacariyaṃ lābhasakkārasilokānisaṃsaṃ,
na silasampadā nisaṃsaṃ,
na samādhisampadānisaṃsasaṃ,
na ñāṇadassanānisaṃsaṃ.

Yā ca kho ayaṃ bhikkhave akuppā cetovimutti,

etadatthamidaṃ bhikkhave brahmacariyaṃ.
Etaṃ sāraṃ.
Etaṃ pariyosānanti.

“Monks, this holy life doesn’t have as its reward gain, offerings, & fame,
doesn’t have as its reward consummation of virtue,
doesn’t have as its reward consummation of concentration, doesn’t have as its reward knowledge & vision,

but the unprovoked awareness-release:

That is the purpose of this holy life,
that is its essence,
that its final end.”

– Mahāsāropama Sutta MN29 :
The Longer Heartwood-simile Discourse
-Source : www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.029.than.html

– Picture : Bagan, Myanmar from a boat.

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